HELPING OUR FIRIES: Maurice McMillen and Tom Shirt pick up the new bus. lm020714firebusRURAL Fire Service volunteersin the central west area will travel in comfort with the presentation of a Ford Transit Bus by the Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA).
The new bus will be based at Bathurst and will be available to be used by volunteers in the Oberon, Lithgowand Bathurst Local Government areas.
Peter Mason, RFSA Division Chairperson, said he was delighted the RFSA was able to provide such a valuable asset to local volunteers and demonstrate how valuable the RFSA is in supporting rural fire fighting volunteers across the state.
“The RFSA provided more than one million dollars worth of equipment to brigades and Rural Fire Service Districts right across the state in 2013 through its annual grant scheme.
“The bus is a classic example of how the association supports its members.
“It will be an invaluable asset for all brigade members in the Central Tablelands as it will reduce the time each individual has to drive, with the bus now available to transport volunteers during major incidents and for training purposes.”
NSW Rural Fire Service Team Manager for Chifley-Lithgow Superintendent Tom Shirt said the bus was a fantastic asset to have for volunteers in the region.
“The new vehicle will enable us to move our volunteers from staging points at major fires back to their accommodation safely,” Superintendent Shirt said.
Maurice McMillen, a Group Officer in the Chifley Zone who was a strong advocate for the grant application, was delighted to collect the vehicle.
“This bus will assist us in moving volunteers to training exercises and other activities in the Bathurst, Oberon and Lithgow areas and around the state.
“It’s great the RFSA has made this bus available through its grant scheme.”
The RFSA grant scheme provides financial assistance to individual brigades, support groups and districts for purposes not covered by direct government or council funding.
“The best thing is we are about to see the start of the grants process all over again with applications for the 2014 RFSA grants to be open in February,” Mr Mason said.
“Brigades right across the local area can apply for a wide variety of things and this year we are producing a catalogue so the brigades can see what they can apply for but it’s not only limited to these items.”
RFSA grants support initiatives that are often beyond the funding capacity of individual brigades in NSW, particularly smaller brigades in remote locations, with distribution priorities on a needs basis to improve the welfare of volunteer fire fighters and to support initiatives that would benefit the wider community.
For further information on the 2014 RFSA Grants Scheme visit the RFSA websitewww.rfsa.org.au.
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